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Ex-Christie appointee refuses to answer questions on bridge scandal

Former Port Authority official David Wildstein refused to answer questions from a legislative committee looking into a scandal involving punitive traffic lane closures.

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Former Port Authority official David Wildstein refused to answer questions from a legislative committee looking into a scandal involving punitive traffic lane closures.

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A former appointee of Gov. Chris Christie is refusing to answer questions from a legislative committee looking into a scandal involving punitive traffic lane closures.

David Wildstein is asserting his right to remain silent on the advice of his lawyer. Wildstein refused to say where he previously worked, and his lawyer said he would assert the right to remain silent to all questions. The committee chairman says he could be accused of contempt.

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Wildstein resigned last month as Christie’s No. 2 appointee at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

The legislative panel is investigating why the lanes were suddenly closed in September, causing traffic gridlock in Fort Lee. Emails and text messages revealed Wednesday that Christie’s aides may have closed the lanes to punish the town’s mayor.

Wildstein knew Christie in high school. But Christie denies the two had a close, personal relationship.

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